A native of Philadelphia, Marty Gamblin began his long career in the music business through booking bands while still in high school. He later worked closely with Mississippi songwriter/performer Jim Weatherly, and ran Glen Campbell’s publishing firm, from which he helped launch the career of Alan Jackson. Gamblin was the founding executive director of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) in Meridian.
Marty Gamblin exemplifies that much of the important work in country music takes place behind the scenes. Born Lamar N. Gamblin, Jr. on August 21, 1944, here in Philadelphia, he listened to the Grand Ole Opry as a child, and his parents, Lamar and Louise, also exposed him to country music at the Jimmie Rodgers Day festivals in Meridian in the 1950s and the Neshoba County Fair, where he saw groups including Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys, who played regularly on Meridian TV station WTOK from the mid-’50s through the early ’60s.
Gamblin played trombone in Victor W. Zajec’s award-winning band at Philadelphia High School, and while there and at East Central
From 1982 until 2002, Gamblin was the president of Glen Campbell Music Group, managing artists including Alan Jackson, Bryan White, Dorothy Moore, Pearl River, and Ruby Lovette, and enjoying sixteen #1 hits through his representation of the catalogs of writers including Jackson, White, Derek
In 2003 Gamblin returned to Mississippi and worked for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and in 2010 became the executive director of the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX), working with design, content, marketing and fundraising for the world-class facility that pays tribute to Mississippi’s iconic arts and entertainment figures and is intended to inspire future artists. After it opened in 2018, Gamblin continued as the director of its Hall of Fame and Walk of Fame.
Erected 2019 by Mississippi Country Music Trail. (Marker Number 31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Grammy Award Winners, and the Mississippi Country Music Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 46.396′ N, 89° 6.658′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in Neshoba County. Marker is at the intersection of Byrd Avenue and Oak Street, on the right when traveling south on Byrd Avenue
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Neshoba County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neshoba County Confederate Monument (about 700 feet away); Marty Stuart (approx. 0.2 miles away); Adam Monroe Byrd (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grierson's Raid 1863 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Philadelphia Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Neshoba County Fairgrounds (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . . Mississippi Country Music Trail dedication of marker. (Submitted on October 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 8, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.